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Insanity! Rincewind may suffer from obsessive sanity!

Unhealthy sexual attraction to potatoes? Reference? ...--Old Dickens 03:31, 29 January 2007 (CET)

Interesting Times right before the wizards teleport him to the university. Fhh98 05:10, 30 January 2007 (CET)

Well, I've finally re-read Interesting Times. I see where he seems to prefer potatoes to sex at one point, but no suggestion that he plans to do anything with the spuds except eat them. There are some ready explanations for this choice : Rincewind is a wizard (ok, barely.) What do wizards do? Eat. What do wizards notoriously not do? Right. Also, he's been marooned for months/years and while he could probably manage sex by himself, he's not a good enough wizard to make a potato. Further, he may well be better at potatoes. All in all, the attraction to potatoes may be peculiar, but it doesn't seem sexual or particularly unhealthy.--Old Dickens 19:31, 27 February 2007 (CET)

For a long time, when faced by beautiful girls offering him sexual delights, Rincewind asks for some kind of potato dish. As it says, "Much later, Rincewind had to have therapy for this. It involved a pretty woman, a huge plate of potatoes and a big stick with a nail in it". Presumably it was not his libido that was at fault - unusually for Wizards, Rincewind is known to understand "what orgasms were, of course, he’d had few in his time. Sometimes even in company." His natural craving for potatoes being stronger than that for sex is far-fetched, but if you've travelled in the far east for ages (I did 22 months there) the humble spud does have a huge lure... (though now as much as real bread and beer does: ah! coming back to Blighty! Ale and sandwiches! Whoooooaaaarr!) --Knmatt 16:54, 9 May 2008 (UTC)


The article states that Rincewind is a Wizzard purely down to bad spelling, but I assumed he was a wizzard because unlike wizards he doesn't stay still,and has a habit to Wizz about. What are other peoples thoughts.

No. --Old Dickens 21:29, 15 February 2008 (CET)

Wow, just No.

To be fair, a) that would be whizz, not wizz, and b) TP explicitly rebukes Rincwind for his poor spelling. --Knmatt 16:54, 9 May 2008 (UTC)

Just out of interest, there was, in fact stil is, such a thing as a Wizzard on Roundworld: [[1]]. This rock group's lasting legacy, and a retirement plan for the band, was a song called I wish it Could Be Christmas Every Day, which may have been alluded to in the pages of Hogfather. --AgProv 09:54, 4 November 2008 (UTC)


May I ask how Rincewind's age was calculated? There have been several references in the books about time and poss. age like how long he's been a 'wizzard' etc (e.g. 20 years in 'Sourcery'), but these don't seem to quite add up... I may be wrong, just wondering!! -- 22:45, 3 November 2008 (UTC)

His age comes from Orin Thomas's assumption that he was the same age (in Discworld years) as Dr. Rjinswand in Earth years in another universe. See the Discworld Timeline. I suspect he's about ten years younger, myself. --Old Dickens 23:09, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
However, his age later (from Eric onward) may not be strictly arithmetical according to the UC; I suspect that his tenure in the Dungeon Dimensions, which are outside normal time, was only a few days or weeks from his point of view, while a decade or more passed on the Disc. Solicitr 17:13, 20 April 2010 (UTC)

On a silly, little, more or less fanon sidenote: Who'd be actually surprised if Rincewind's birthday turns out the be August 8th?--LilMaibe 22:33, 21 April 2012 (CEST)

Egregious professor of cruel and unusual geography

Wasn't this someone else? I thought that this was the title given to the professor in The Last Continent. Fhh98 ( 14:55, 6 June 2009 (UTC))

I think there were previous occupants of the Chair, but I'm pretty sure Rincewind is the incumbent, having more practical experience of cruel and unusual geography than anyone. See the article. --Old Dickens 15:15, 6 June 2009 (UTC)

This title was originally held by someone else but during the events of The Last Continent he was found deceased on Mono Island. Which probably served him right for keeping a tropical island in his bathroom.--Beligaronia 22:59, 6 June 2009 (UTC)

Chosen of 'The lady'

There is a reference in the last hero that Rincewind is the chosen one of 'The lady' (a.k.a luck/chance)which is why he keeps getting in horrible situations but coming out relatively on top. This should probably be in the article somewhere.

As wikiepdia puts it.

"Rincewind has the dubious privilege of being the Chosen of The Lady, the Discworld's most mysterious goddess. It is for this reason that he is constantly finding himself embroiled in unpleasant situations and coming out more-or-less on top. However if he ever realised this, much less acted as though nothing could seriously harm him, then she would instantly lose interest. Since he considers himself the most unlucky person ever, this means he will probably never work out that he is in the Lady's favour."

Cully? Now where did that come from?

I'm rather intrigued by the little bit in in the bio-box. Did I miss some reveal or did someone enter his/her personal fanon into there?--LilMaibe 18:19, 8 February 2011 (CET)

Cully is a slang word for fool 20:46, 8 February 2011 (CET)

It's still not his name, now is it?--LilMaibe 21:07, 8 February 2011 (CET)
Truthiness, perhaps? --Old Dickens 23:43, 8 February 2011 (CET)
You know, in MY time we called that zealeous-fanon-fangirl-edit. Those were removed before those doing such things would go and feel too comfortable in a wiki and would add their favourite slashpairings into the articles *nodnod* --LilMaibe 00:47, 9 February 2011 (CET)

LilMaibe, when you start writing fanfic, and contributing to this wiki at the same time, you have to be continualy censoring yourself lest elements of the imaginative fiction end up stinking out the canonical reality. You need to build a Great Wall inside your head to keep the canon firmly seperated from your own alternative Discworld where you flesh the ideas out a little more. My embarrassment: I discovered recently a dribble of my fanfic had contaminated a page here and I promptly removed it sharpish. Nothing too drastic: a very small-part character, referenced only twice in the Canon, and then only by surname, ended up being given the forename that only exists in my Fanfic. I fessed up, edited the entry, and offered apologies. But it's so easily done... I will agree that doing it deleiberately, out of either pride or a wilful desire to stir, is an offence meriting exclusion (perhaps a warning first, then "two strikes and you're out?") Where I do refer to my fanfic is onmy personal pages, where I feel entitled, and on the Talk pages, where if it's mentioned I always clearly flag it as non-canonical.--AgProv 19:19, 9 February 2011 (CET)

Wait, wait, are you trying to blame that false/fanonical edit on ME?! Heavens, I just thought I should point it out in talk in case I missed some canonical reveal instead of editing it to what I know is canon. Geese.--LilMaibe 22:43, 9 February 2011 (CET)

Oh, and "cully" is apparently a derivation of an old Irish name "conla", meaning uncertain....

it is also

CullyCul"ly (k?l"l?), n.; pl. Cullies (-l�z). [Abbrev. fr. cullion.] A person easily deceived, tricked, or imposed on; a mean dupe; a gull.

I have learned that . . . I am not the first cully whom she has passed upon for a countess. -Addison.

CullyCul"ly, v. t. [See Cully,n., and cf. D. kullen to cheat, gull.] To trick, cheat, or impose on; to deceive. “Tricks to cully fools.” Pomfret.

From [2]

But Ridcully in most circumstances is nobody's fool? --AgProv 19:38, 9 February 2011 (CET)

I.e. Literally "Rid of Cullies", thus "doesn't suffer fools gladly" --Knmatt 21:33, 9 February 2011 (CET)

Let's just end this. --Fhh98 00:41, 10 February 2011 (CET)

Thank you. But one more thing: The 'Don't believe it' bit there. I think that was merely to try and create a loophole in a 'promise' he made at that point.--LilMaibe 01:11, 10 February 2011 (CET)

Train travel

I don't know whether it's important enough to include, or quite where to include it, but Raising Steam mentions Rincewind has traveled on a train (hiding under his seat) and recognises train travel could be very useful to get to (or rather away from) somewhere quickly, even if it's the sort of thing that normally leads to certain death. --Verity (talk) 18:58, 28 January 2014 (UTC)